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Press Releases

  • RCSEng and RCSEd comment on regulation for Physician Associates and Physicians’ Assistants in Anaesthesia

    12 Oct 2018 The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced the introduction of statutory regulation for Physician Associates and Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia). Alongside this, a new legislative framework will enable regulation for other Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) roles as this case is made. The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have issued a joint statement in response.
  • Number of children aged 5 to 9 admitted to hospital due to tooth decay rises again

    26 Sep 2018 The number of hospital admissions for tooth decay for children aged 5-9 has increased for the second consecutive year from 25,923 in 2016-2017 to 26,111 in 2017-2018, according to data published by NHS Digital last week. The figure was 26,708 in 2014-2015, dropping to 25,875 in 2015-2016. Tooth decay remains the number one reason that children aged 5-9 are admitted to hospital.
  • RCS statement on hernia mesh complications

    26 Sep 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons has responded to claims on the Victoria Derbyshire programme about the complication rates of hernia meshes.
  • Nearly three in ten NHS-funded knee replacements were undertaken in the independent sector last year

    22 Sep 2018 Almost one in three (29.4%) NHS-funded knee replacements were carried out by the independent sector in 2016-2017, according to NHS Digital data published in response to a parliamentary health question on Thursday. Almost one in five (19.7%) NHS-funded hip replacements were also carried out in the independent sector last year.
  • RCS position on performance standards for access to planned treatment, A&E and cancer care

    21 Sep 2018 A number of trust chief executives have spoken out in the press today about NHS England's current review of current performance standards for access to planned treatment, A&E and cancer care. The Royal College of Surgeons has said it does not support the abolition of performance standards covering access to planned treatment, A&E, and cancer care. However, it says NHS England’s review is a good opportunity to examine existing standards and determine the right targets to ensure patients can get the care they require when it is of most benefit.
  • Advances in health tech could send “worried well” into hyperdrive, warns leading surgeon

    14 Sep 2018 New technologies such as wearable health devices and sensors, advances in genomics, and DNA testing, alongside a proliferation of personalised health information, could send the “worried well” into hyperdrive, the Chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery has warned.
  • Hospital admissions have dropped by over 84,000 this year, despite rising waiting lists

    13 Sep 2018 There have been over 84,000 fewer NHS treatments, including surgical operations, performed by consultants so far this year compared to last year, analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons shows.
  • RCS launches updated Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course

    13 Sep 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has today launched the 10th edition of the prestigious Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, which trains clinicians on the most effective ways to manage severely injured trauma patients.
  • RCS comment as NHS Improvement and NHS England set out the NHS’s ‘winter priorities’

    10 Sep 2018 NHS Improvement published its review of the NHS in winter 2017/18 on Friday (September 7th). Pauline Philip, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement, has also written to all Trusts setting out the NHS’s priorities for this winter.
  • More than two in five children did not attend an NHS dentist in the last year

    30 Aug 2018 More than two in five children (41.4%), aged 0 to17, did not see an NHS dentist in the 12 months to 30 June 2018, according to figures published by NHS Digital today. This is a very small decrease compared to the same period in the previous year, when 41.8% of children did not visit a dentist. The Faculty of Dental Surgery has issued a statement in response.

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